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Conversation with Marieme Esther Dassanou, Coordinator of the African Development Bank’s Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa programme

She previously led IFC’s Gender Secretariat's work on advancing women's inclusion in the insurance and financial sectors

Marieme Esther Dassanou is the Coordinator of Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) the African Development Bank’s (https://www.AfDB.org/) flagship pan-African initiative, which aims to bridge the $42 billion financing gap facing women entrepreneurs in Africa. She previously led IFC’s Gender Secretariat's work on advancing women's inclusion in the…

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Rwanda: African Development Bank commits $98 million for multisector COVID-19 response

The funding will take the form of an African Development Fund loan, which the Bank is providing the under its COVID-19 Response Facility

The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) on Thursday approved a concessional loan of $97.675 million to Rwanda to strengthen its national budget as it works to mitigate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will take the form of an African Development Fund loan, which the Bank is providing the under…

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Communique of the Bureau of the Boards of Governors of the African Development Bank Group following its meeting of today 1 July 2020 regarding the Whistle-Blowers’ Complaint against the President of the Bank Group

The Bureau expresses its utmost trust and confidence in the Panel’s ability to successfully carry out this important assignment

a) The Bureau recalls its Communiqué issued on June 4th 2020 informing the general public of its decision to authorize an Independent Review of the Report of the Ethics Committee of the Boards of Directors relative to the allegations made by Whistle blowers against the President of the Bank Group.…

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Our journey to electrify the continent: Five years of the New Deal on Energy for Africa (By Dr. Kevin Kariuki)

The NDEA called for a substantial increase in investments to realize the Bank’s High 5 priority to “Light Up and Power Africa”

By Dr. Kevin Kariuki Five years into the African Development Bank’s (https://www.AfDB.org/) ambitious New Deal on Energy for Africa (NDEA), the Bank’s investments are set to provide electricity access to around 13 million people and deliver about 55,000 km of distribution lines, and 6,700 km of transmission lines, of which…

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African Development Fund approves $9.52 million to enhance coordinated COVID-19 response in East and Horn of Africa and the Comoros

The funds will be used to bolster health systems and disease surveillance, enhance infection prevention and control, and improve regional coordination

The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF) have approved grants totaling $9.52 million to strengthen responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in East Africa and the Horn, and in the Comoros. The grant, approved on 26 June, is part of the $10 billion COVID-19 Rapid Response Facility (CRF)…

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How Rwanda is spurring a generation of women in technology

Rwanda is renowned as a pioneer for gender equality

In 2020, it was the only African country ranked in the top 10 of the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report. It ranked in the top four in the Report’s political empowerment category, in recognition of the high proportion of Rwandese women lawmakers and ministers. The country therefore seemed…

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Integrity in Development Projects: The African Development Bank debars Sieyuan Electric and Subsidiaries for Fraud

As part of the settlement agreement with the Bank, Sieyuan is debarred for a period of 12 months, Jiangsu Rugao for 20 months

Pursuant to a settlement agreement between the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) and Sieyuan Electric, the company will be debarred for 12 months. Jiangsu Rugao, a Sieyuan subsidiary, will be excluded from Bank-financed projects for 20 months. The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) on June 16, 2020, announced the conclusion of…

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African Development Bank COVID-19 response: moving from commitment to action

As of June 12, the Bank’s COVID-19 emergency packages have reached the continent’s five geographic regions

The African Development Bank (https://www.AfDB.org) has responded swiftly to the needs of its member countries during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Bank’s operations have continued to run smoothly since the first cases appeared in early March, despite the wide range of lockdowns and measures imposed by governments to flatten the…

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African Development Bank delivers on a decade of transformative commitments to reduce poverty

The Bank’s investments have benefited millions of Africans through its 10-year strategy which it began implementing from 2013

For the past five decades, the African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org) has been at the forefront of driving Africa’s economic transformation, leveraging its diverse resources and unique know-how as an indigenous development finance institution. The Bank has delivered on its goals of reducing poverty and fostering inclusive growth on the continent.…

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African Development Bank Group approves Gender Equality Trust Fund and Risk-Sharing Mechanism to improve women’s economic empowerment in Africa

Funded by donors, the GETF will support the delivery and scale-up of the Bank’s Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) programme

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org) have approved a new Gender Equality Trust Fund (GETF) aimed at pushing forward gender equality and women’s empowerment across the continent. Funded by donors, the GETF will support the delivery and scale-up of the Bank’s Affirmative Finance Action for…